Grant Guidelines

  1. Eligible Organizations. Butler Snow Foundation (the “Foundation”) supports civic or social agencies, organizations, or programs whose primary mission is to help persons with limited financial means, with special needs, or in historically disadvantaged classes.  In its discretion, the Foundation may also consider supporting entities which provide education and training to persons entering the legal profession.
  2. Religious, Political, and Governmental Organizations.  The Foundation will consider projects associated with religiously-affiliated organizations; however, the Foundation WILL NOT consider projects with a primary purpose of promoting a particular religion or theological doctrine or political ideology.  Additionally, the Foundation WILL NOT consider applications from government institutions other than public education institutions.
  3. Reporting Requirements.  Each beneficiary must account to the Foundation for funds received.
  4. Locations.  Civic or social agencies, organizations, or programs benefiting persons in the communities in which Butler Snow lawyers live or work will be given preference over those benefiting persons outside those areas.
  5. Grant Expenditure Requirements.  It is the strong preference of the Foundation to support applications for funding that will be expended in the twelve months following the issuance of the grant.
  6. Capital Projects.  The Foundation prefers to support projects with long-standing impacts in the local communities in which Butler Snow lawyers live or work.  Therefore, the Foundation gives preference to applications from eligible organizations for Capital Projects.  The Foundation defines “Capital Projects” as projects that help maintain or improve the organization’s property, and includes new construction; the expansion, renovation, or replacement of existing facilities and/or property; and the acquisition or replacement of essential equipment or other one-time purchases of tangible items and certain long-term software solutions.   NOTE:  THE FOUNDATION DOES NOT ORDINARILY AWARD GRANTS TO COVER OPERATING COSTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE PURCHASE OF CONSUMABLE GOODS AND SUPPLIES, EMPLOYEE SALARIES, RENTAL FEES, UTILITY BILLS, OR OTHER REGULAR EXPENSES.

Selection Process and Notification

Upon receipt of proposals, the Foundation will conduct a thorough study of each proposal.  You will be contacted if additional information is needed.

In assessing the merits of each grant proposal, the Foundation may consider the following factors:

  • The extent to which the proposal addresses a community need;
  • Whether the proposal is for a Capital Project, as defined under Grant paragraph 6 of the Grant Guidelines;
  • Whether the proposal demonstrates foresight and careful planning for long-term impact;
  • Whether the proposal articulates clear, measurable goals;
  • Whether the proposal includes an evaluation plan by which goals are measured;
  • Whether the proposal reflects appropriate diversity in governance, personnel, planning, population served or content;
  • Whether the proposal reflects sufficient organizational and managerial capacity to carry out the project;
  • Whether the proposal reflects inclusive and strategic planning in line with the Foundation’s mission; and
  • Resources available to the beneficiary from other sources.

Priority will be given to grant proposals that reflect responsible and efficient use of monies.


Restrictions

The organization on whose behalf you are submitting an application agrees to the following:

  1. Funds received will be expended only for the purposes stated in the grant application and in accordance with section 501(c)(3), section 4945 and other applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. The Foundation may monitor and conduct an evaluation of operations under this grant, including requesting financial records related to the grant or your tax status, which must be provided in a timely manner if requested.
  3. You must immediately notify the Foundation of any change in your organization’s federal tax status or that of your fiscal agent during the time the funds are being spent.
  4. The grant may be discontinued, modified or withheld if, in the Foundation’s sole judgment, such action is necessary.
  5. At the conclusion of the grant period, the Foundation may request a written report describing the activities carried out and benefits to the community from the grant usage may schedule a follow-up visit or may follow up in other appropriate ways with an organization to which a grant is made.
  6. No funds from the Foundation may be used for propaganda purposes, to influence legislation, to influence the outcome of an election, or for direct or indirect use in a voter registration drive.
  7. Any request for a change in purpose of use of grant funds must be submitted in writing to the Foundation and approved before any such changes may take effect.
  8. Any portion of grant funds not used in accordance with these terms must be returned to the Foundation.
  9. The Butler Snow Foundation does not discourage publicity related to its grants; however, any promotional materials, press releases, etc. produced in connection with or to publicize the grant should be approved by the Foundation or their designee before they are disseminated.  In addition, the Foundation may publicize its grants through media outreach, social media, and the firm’s website. A member of our marketing team will be in contact shortly to discuss potential public relations opportunities.

For further information or clarification, please contact us at ButlerSnowFoundation@butlersnow.com.